Blue lights shine above Stonehenge

Stonehenge World Heritage Day Blue Lights

11:28am 18th April 2018

If you spotted strange blue lights in the skies over Stonehenge early this morning (Wednesday April 18th), it's not aliens, Russians or anything else untoward!

A number of people got in touch with Spire FM to ask why there where beams of light shining up from the stone circle before the sun came up.

It's all been in celebration of UNESCO World Heritage Day, as well as the latest event to mark the 100th anniversary of Stonehenge being handed into public ownership.

English Heritage allowed Finnish artist Kari Kola for the spectacle, using 80 lights.

Stonehenge World Heritage Day Blue Lights

Artist Kari Kola said:

"The site is truly iconic and globally one of the most significant in terms of the origins of our cultural history. I am deeply honoured by the way in which English Heritage has embraced my work. Impact with Light is the first step on my journey to the International Day of Light in May when I will craft a light installation on the UNESCO headquarters in Paris."

Stonehenge was one of the first places in the UK to be given World Heritage Status, back in 1986.

Stonehenge World Heritage Day Blue Lights

Kate Davies, English Heritage Director of Stonehenge, said:

"We are thrilled to have worked with Kari Kola on this incredible project to light up Stonehenge for the first time. Kari's project shines a light on Stonehenge on World Heritage Day in this centenary year of the monument being given to the nation.

"Kari's breath-taking art helps us to see Stonehenge in a different light. Looking at the ancient stones today, it is easy to assume that their future was always secure but at the beginning of the 20th century, that was far from the case - our most important pre-historic monument was at risk of collapse. 2018 marks a hundred years of Stonehenge belonging to us all and the monument getting the care it deserves."

Stonehenge World Heritage Day Blue Lights

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